Gut Rumbles

May 15, 2006

my green thumb

A nice rain fell last night, so I decided to take a tour of my garden when I returned home from my visit with the sports-medicine doctor today. I LIKED what I saw.

I have tomatoes out the wazoo. Big, softball-sized rascals that are tugging the plants down to the ground in spite of the poles I have them mounted on. Some of them should be ready to eat in a few more days. Hell, I MAY harvest a few and fry 'em green. I'm gonna have a BUNCH of tomatoes.

I PICKED three ripe squash today. I have a lot more where those came from. ALL of the pepper plants are producing--- the little bell peppers aren't much bigger than marbles now, but they'll be ready to pick in another week or so. My banana peppers look like little green icicles hanging off the plants and they are ABUNDANT.

My corn is about two feet high now and getting ready for some high-nitrogen fertilizer. My Silver Queens are whoring for me quite nicely. If I don't have some kind of disaster soon, I may get a bushel or more offa those plants.

I must have a green thumb, because I threw some watermelon seeds out around the back of the garden a couple of weeks ago, and the vines are running like crazy now. Just damn! If I had believed that the melons would prosper so well, I woulda planted some cantelopes, too.

My okra plants aren't very tall, but they're blooming beautifully. If I trim those when they start producing, I may get a LOT of okra this year. And I LOVE fresh okra.

And beans? I gotcha some beans growing. I planted the bush-type this year, so I don't have to fuck with giving them something to climb on. Those suckers are getting as thick as hedge bushes now and THEY have blooms all over them, too.

That row of potatoes I planted is standing tall. I can start "scrabbling" a few of the new potatoes in another week or so.

The ONLY things I planted that do NOT look really good are the cucumbers. They seem kinda puny and anemic, but they aren't dead and THEY are covered in blossoms, too.

All of this is happening amid a profusion of weeds. I've been too puny to really tend my garden the way I should, but it appears to be flourishing despite my slackardly ways. By Gawd, I SHOULD have planted some marijuana, for medicinal purposes only. I think I coulda put a Columbian to shame...

My mama always said that I grew a good garden because I come from a long line of Kentucky farmers, and growing crops is in my blood. Maybe she was right.

It's lookin' gooood out there.


Enjoy them all in good health,

Posted by: Fausta on May 15, 2006 05:06 PM

Wow! I hope you have enough strength in your shoulders to enjoy the fruits of you labor.

I miss my garden in TN. We had most of what you describe. Those okra..fuggedaboutit - they came back the next year even after I tilled TWICE.

Check out I have a daily recipe email and received an awesome recipe for zucchini boats prepared for cookin' on the grill.

Yum! My mouth is watering now, thank you.

Hope you feel better soon.

Posted by: Surfie on May 15, 2006 05:18 PM

Got your cukes in a shady spot of the garden...cukes like things coooool!

Posted by: Maggie on May 15, 2006 06:22 PM

I'll be pickin pole beans tomorrow. The fresh maters are delicious and I am having the same problem with the damn cukes. I ate one yesterday off the vine--it was good but they are just not making as fast as I figured they should. I'll have okra to eat by the end of the week and if the blackeyed peas make as well as the beans I'll have plenty to put up in jars. The vines and damn near waste high but not bloomin' yet. But blackeyes like the hot weather and I don't expect to see blooms for another week or so.

Posted by: GUYK on May 15, 2006 06:33 PM

You sure your momma didn't say it was because you're full of BS? ;-)

Posted by: joated on May 15, 2006 06:53 PM

Shoot. I shudda photographed the four feet of snow I saw yesterday on Snowqualmie Pass. Once we got over it, there was 80 degree weather down in the valley on the eastern side.

We've just now got ground warm enough to plant our are 3 months ahead of us. Good goin' on your great garden.

Posted by: Bonita on May 15, 2006 07:06 PM

Ugh, okra is the booger of the vegetable world. Though I did grow fond of deep fried okra when I lived in the South.

Posted by: Bane on May 15, 2006 07:08 PM

That's a fantastic garden you've got going.... should be many, many good meals! I haven't made zucchini boats in a long time, I wonder what Surfie's recipe looks like. Yummy.... it's always better to start with stuff from the garden. I don't grow a darn thing so I have to wait for a relative or friend who's good with a green thumb. : )

Posted by: Vermont Neighbor on May 15, 2006 07:57 PM

Looks like it's just going to be a bad year for cukes. There's always one crop that doesn't do well every season depending on the weather. I have to admit between you and Guy, I'm feeling kind of sorry I didn't plant a garden this year. All I have are the herbs to console me, but they're also looking splendid and I did nothing to them.

Posted by: Libby on May 15, 2006 08:21 PM

I think I have a BLACK thumb...I can't grow a cactus...:(

Posted by: Lisa on May 15, 2006 09:17 PM

Sometimes benign neglect works best for gardens. They flourish and go nuts. Works for me.

Posted by: Kim on May 15, 2006 10:57 PM

Yummm -- I'm SO jealous. Eat a tomato sandwich for me!

Posted by: Marianne on May 16, 2006 04:06 AM


If I had a plane ticket and an extra free day I'd come and raid your gardent!!


Posted by: Nancy on May 16, 2006 03:29 PM

If the tree rats start molesting your garden, this site offers a really effective solution. But, don't go there if it hurts to laugh.

Posted by: Ol' Lurker on May 16, 2006 08:31 PM
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